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Lock-Rabbet Drawer Joints

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6. Position a drawer back on edge with its inside face against the fence. Cut a 1/4x1/4" rabbet in both ends as shown at right. Make these cuts on all of your drawer backs. Now s a good time to cut the 1/4x1/4" groove in each of your fronts, sides, and backs for holding the drawer bottom. Leave the fence and dado set where they are, position your drawer parts inside face down with their bottom edges against the fence, and cut the bottom-holding groove.


7. Raise the dado set for a 3/8"-deep cut. Readjust the fence so the dado set just grazes it. Position your drawer fronts face side up on the saw and complete the cuts on their ends, as shown.

8. To assemble each drawer, first test-fit the parts. Then, apply glue to all of the grooves and rabbets. We suggest you make the bottoms from plywood instead of solid stock. In that way, you can glue the bottom in place without concern about expansion and contraction problems.

Assemble the glued parts, clamp them together, and measure diagonally from corner to corner to check for square. If one diagonal is longer than the other, place a long clamp along that diagonal to bring the drawer into square.


Comments (5)
pastorruss53 wrote:

For the person who can't read the type, Hold your "CTRL" key down and press the "+" sign and it will make it larger. the "-" makes it smaller. I have used this joint and it works well

3/29/2016 08:06:16 AM Report Abuse
09307c83 wrote:

The text in the illustrations is completely illegible on my HD 15 inch monitor. Could you possibly make the illustrations larger and the text legible? There are no buttons on the web page to make the illustrations larger.

3/25/2016 09:07:26 PM Report Abuse
StillwaterMan wrote:

The large surface area of the lock-rabbit joint isn┐t going to fail under any use when cut and glued properly. I tried to drive one apart/fail with an 8# sledge and couldn┐t.

3/24/2016 10:31:12 AM Report Abuse
doug thompson wrote:

Oh- by the way-these plans are probably copyrighted. DO NOT share or sell the download. It's probably illegal and we don't want WOOD to stop making these articles available as they are. Integrity, right guys?!?

5/25/2013 10:42:49 PM Report Abuse
patrick brodeur wrote:

Have used this method many times. Comes in handy when I don't have the chance to use dovetails.

3/28/2013 12:10:22 PM Report Abuse

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